Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 36, Issue 8, pp 1092–1094 | Cite as

Jane Ribbens McCarthy, Young People’s Experience of Loss and Bereavement: Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach

Open University Press, Maidenhead and New York, 2006, 251 pp, ISBN 10:0335216641
  • Martin RobbEmail author
Book Review

Jane Ribbens McCarthy’s study of young people’s experiences of loss and bereavement is the first book-length review of the academic and professional literatures on this important topic. In addition to a comprehensive assessment of existing knowledge in the field, it also includes original analysis of interview data and extended discussion of some key theoretical, methodological and practical issues. As such it represents an attempt to throw light on what McCarthy believes is still a “hidden issue,” in ways that will be of immense value both to other youth researchers and to practitioners working with young people.

The book is the result of a research project funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in the UK. Although overall authorship is credited to McCarthy, others have contributed to specific chapters: Julie Jessop co-wrote the chapter on the social contexts of bereavement experiences and interventions, while the chapter on young people’s perspectives was co-authored with Jessop...


Young People Professional Literature Symbolic Idea Youth Transition Emotional Literacy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Health and Social CareThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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